About Us

The VEG Philosophy

Veterinary Emergency Group has one focus:

emergency

Emergency is all we do, and that’s why we do it best. VEG is a true partner with your primary vet, acting as an extension of their practice for after-hours emergency care.

When it comes to emergency veterinary medicine, VEG is also an excellent place to work. We take pride in our staff members and the value they bring to our hospitals and the communities we serve.

Helping People and Pets When They Need It Most

We're open nights, weekends, and holidays

We’re open all night every night of the year as well as 24 hours through every weekend and every major holiday.

You will speak directly with a VEG doctor

When you call, your medical questions will be answered by one of our experienced veterinarians – the same one you’ll see when you come in.

You and your pet can stay together

Whenever possible, you can stay with your pet during your entire visit to comfort them, and see all that we do and how we do it.

You will see a doctor right away

When you’re in an emergency, you won’t wait in the lobby or fill out paperwork. First, we take care of your pet.

Life @ VEG

Making VEG a great place to work is essential to its continued success in providing the best emergency medicine for pets. We foster a culture of education, respect for our fellow team members and our clients, and a passion for breaking the mold with regard to patient care.

The Communities We Serve

In addition to providing our unique brand of emergency medicine, we also assist our communities through VEG Cares, a non-profit organization that has partnered with the Veterinary Care Foundation. All donations go towards:

  • Pets in need of life-saving care
  • Pets without families
  • Families in financial distress
  • Local animal rescue organizations
  • Victims of natural disasters

To donate, please visit one of our VEG hospitals or mail a check* payable to:

Veterinary Care Foundation
16550 NW 46th St,
Morristown, FL 32668

*Include “VEG Cares” in the memo, along with the city of your local VEG hospital.

Meet our Founder

Dr. David Bessler is a long-time veterinarian with experience in many specialty animal hospitals. He also spent time as a wildlife and nature educator for children, cared for reptiles at the Bronx Zoo, and taught “Introduction to Veterinary Medicine” courses to elementary school children at the American Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Bessler had a vision to revolutionize emergency veterinary medicine, where it focused on client and patient experience. In 2014, he purchased the first VEG hospital, which allowed him to bring his vision to life.

Dr. Bessler is passionate about helping people and especially loves helping children discover the same sense of wonder he feels every day. As Dr. Dave on Sesame Street, he uses his love of animals to teach children about caring for their pets.

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